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MAINTENANCE & CARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER PROTECTION

It is essential to mulch (straw, needles of pine) your peony the first winter after the plantation in order to avoid the soil-heaving of your division in springtime provoked by freezing and thawing cycles. This protection is neededonly the first winter after plantation. Remove this mulch in the spring, as soon as the first shoots start to emerge.

 

 

PRUNING IN THE FALL

Herbaceous peony's foliage will die down to the soil after first frost. At the end of the season, here in September, cut foliage down to the soil and dispose of it. . Intersectional hybrid's foliage is much more cold-resistant than the herbaceous one. It will keep its beauty later in the fall. Good news because it also means that your Intersectional peony continues its growth later in the fall. So before pruning, wait until the foliage has been reached by a big frost. When it happens, cut each stem at 10 cm(about 4 inches) above soil in order to keep some eyes located at the basis of the plant. Do not use it in your compost in order to avoid the propagation of fungal diseases

 

 

FERTILISATON

Do not over-fertilise your peony. The following method is the one we use here at Pivoines Capano for a peony grower. A light fertilization in the fall the first 2 years following plantation. The third year after plantation, fertilize twice a year: after blooming and in the fall when the plant is dormant. Bone meal, chemical fertilizers (5-10-10 or 12-12-12) or well rotted manure could be used. These products should be applied far from the crown at about 15 cm of the plant. Never use fresh manure. The eyes and the crown must never enter in direct contact with your fertilizer.

 

 

PROTECTION AGAINST FUNGUS DISEASES

Fungal diseases can affect your peony specially the first year following plantation whereas your plant is more vulnerable. Here at the nursery, as a preventive method, early in the spring, when the young shoots emerge, we apply a fungicide on the plant and the soil around. We repeat this application two other times at a 15 days interval. In August, after blooming, if the temperature is hot and humid, it can be necessary to make another application. The following method is the one we use here at Pivoines Capano because we grow lots of peonies. You will not necessary needs it entirely.

 

 

WHENN TO EXPECT THE FIRST FLOWERS?

Although your secret desire is lot of flowers from your peony the first year following plantation, I would highly recommended that you cut all flower's buds as soon as they appear the first spring. Sorry! This will help your peony to get fully established. If you insist, keep only one flower's bud, let it bloom and cut it immediately after. It is possible that your peony do not bloom the first year after plantation. Don't worry, it should bloom the following years.

 

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